How to Buy a Heat Pump
A heat pump is essentially a reverse air conditioner. Instead of including cold coils on the interior and heat coils on the exterior, this process is reversed. A heat pump has a switch that converts air conditioner mode to heater mode. When in heater mode, the heat pump moves hot air into the home, and heats it. When the switch is turned to air conditioner mode, the reverse effect occurs, cooling the home. A blower brings air from inside and circulates it against the coils, then blows it into the home.
A heat pump is energy efficient and can save you money in fuel costs. However, there are issues that need to be considered to ascertain if this kind of device is right for your home.
What type of fuel is usual in your area? If you use natural gas, you may want to stay with traditional heating and cooling systems that use it. Heat pumps work on electricity which is more expensive than natural gas.
However, if you are using electricity, a heat pump can save on energy costs from air conditioning and heating units. The installation of a heat pump is more expensive than a traditional unit. However, the heat pump can heat or cool a home up to 2.5 times more than an air conditioning unit using the same amount of power. This makes a heat pump a great option for people where electricity is mostly used.
In what kind of climate do you live? If you live in a region where the weather is extremely cold for long periods of time, a heat pump may not be as energy efficient as in a moderate climate. If the weather continually gets below about 30° F, the heat pump has to work harder to heat already cold air. A supplemental heating process that runs on electricity may be necessary to provide enough warmth. This process may be cost prohibitive.
Heat Pump Sizes
When considering how to buy a heat pump, keep in mind that heat pumps come in a number of sizes. The size chosen depends on the size of your home. Most homes need a two to five ton capacity to sufficiently heat and cool the home. Make comparisons and check energy efficiency on models before determining whether a heat pump is right for your home.
Making Your Decision
Heating pumps can be a valuable addition to your home. Consider the type of climate and the type of fuel used in your area. Make a determination on whether this investment is right for your home by comparing existing energy costs with the savings a heat pump will offer. Bear in mind that buying the heat pump and installation is an initial investment that can pay off substantially over time.4 likes